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Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer debuts

A week ago, Rockstar teased us with a glimpse of Grand Theft Auto V, but we were left with so many questions. Where and when will it take place?...

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A week ago, Rockstar teased us with a glimpse of Grand Theft Auto V, but we were left with so many questions. Where and when will it take place? What new innovation makes this worthy of Rockstar's rare full numbered sequel treatment? What's with the dollar-sign five?

Today the trailer hit, and it answered some of those questions.

Our unnamed protagonist/narrator apparently moved to Rockstar's twist on Los Angeles to get away from a criminal past and raise a family, but of course, things don't work out as planned. The trailer implies several settings, from cities to mountain trails and even a brief look at a farm, so it may be taking notes from San Andreas' variety. We even see a few shots of airplanes.

Check out the trailer for yourself below.

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    November 2, 2011 9:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto V trailer debuts.

    A week ago, Rockstar teased us with a glimpse of Grand Theft Auto V, but we were left with so many questions. Where and when will it take place?...

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      November 2, 2011 9:02 AM

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      November 2, 2011 9:03 AM

      Hell yes!

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      November 2, 2011 9:04 AM

      So good. So good.

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      November 2, 2011 9:05 AM

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        November 2, 2011 9:27 AM

        I guess they didn't take the graphics engine much further because this is for current gen consoles, which are oh so old. But yeah, I agree. It is a little disappointing. Bring on the next gen consoles.

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          November 2, 2011 10:15 AM

          It's the same generation of consoles as the last GTA what do you expect?

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            November 2, 2011 10:58 AM

            plenty of engines mature significantly over a consoles lifecycle. Look at Gears 1 vs 3, Uncharted 1 vs 3, etc

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              November 2, 2011 9:30 PM

              Not so sure about that. Gears and Uncharted series all look the same to me.

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        November 2, 2011 9:54 AM

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        November 2, 2011 10:46 AM

        Or if I have to run back to a shitty mattress in a loft to save the game.

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      November 2, 2011 9:07 AM

      when does it come out?

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      November 2, 2011 9:10 AM

      yup

      that's a game alright

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      November 2, 2011 9:11 AM

      the graphics looks better.And looks like we may get travel back due to the long distance between locations

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      November 2, 2011 9:19 AM

      where and when? looks like Hollywood and current times judging by the car tech on the drop top

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      November 2, 2011 9:19 AM

      Does anyone else think the main character looks like Frank West from Dead Rising?

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      November 2, 2011 9:22 AM

      I hope they transition from a normal every Joe into this hardened criminal. I also hope that you have to protect your family from time to time.

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        November 2, 2011 10:03 AM

        The narration makes it clear that isn't what happens.

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      November 2, 2011 9:24 AM

      Was that the PC version they showed

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      November 2, 2011 9:24 AM

      Is the main character for V the main from III?

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      November 2, 2011 9:26 AM

      woo hoo! I hope it has a playable driving range

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      November 2, 2011 9:26 AM

      Vinewood would imply Los Santos. San Andreas Mk. ii. I like.

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      November 2, 2011 9:29 AM

      i never beat that last motorcycle part in gta4.

      one of my favorite games ever but i was like ehhhhhh don't care.

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      November 2, 2011 9:29 AM

      A new GTA IV expansion pack. Different story. Console stuck in the old days. boring..... Looks no better.

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        November 2, 2011 9:31 AM

        *grabs popcorn*

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        November 2, 2011 10:57 AM

        haha. 0/10

        How does this in anyway look like GTA IV?

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        November 2, 2011 3:08 PM

        Just to clarify (and take the bait), you do realize that GTA:VC and GTA:SA were using the same engine as GTA3 and were anything but expansion packs, right?

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        November 3, 2011 5:22 AM

        you are for sure hard to please.

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      November 2, 2011 9:31 AM

      meh...

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        November 2, 2011 10:02 AM

        Yeah - I had hoped for something different - mexican drug lord border war better be part of this.

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        November 2, 2011 10:04 AM

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        November 2, 2011 10:19 AM

        Was hoping for a bit more, too early to tell but the outdoor scenery looks okay. Story sounds uninspired

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      November 2, 2011 9:41 AM

      I hope you can buy property like in Vice City and San Andreas.

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      November 2, 2011 9:49 AM

      The shots of mountains, countryside, and jets/planes have me intrigued I must say. Reminded me of San Andreas. I am definitely waiting to learn more about what sort of features and gameplay elements are in this one though, I have no desire to buy another GTA4. Now, another San Andreas? Sign me the fuck up.

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        November 3, 2011 5:26 AM

        I am seeing a lot of the RDR engine improvements there, aswell.

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      November 2, 2011 9:59 AM

      It LOOKS beautiful, but how will it play? GTA4 didn't grab me gameplay-wise. It felt like like a step backwards from San Andreas. I didn't need any over-the-top ridiculousness, just lots and lots of options: full character customization, lots of side activities, developing different stats, and so forth.

      San Andreas became my go-to example for awesome sandbox games, and I didn't feel that 4 offered nearly as much in that area. That's not to say I disliked 4, just that it felt like a step backwards in many fundamental ways.

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      November 2, 2011 10:00 AM

      I, for one, loved 4, so if it's as good as that sign me up!

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      November 2, 2011 10:08 AM

      OK I think the main character is voiced by Kid Rock. Anyone else?

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        November 2, 2011 10:13 AM

        Doesn't sound like Kid Rock to me at all. I really really hope not. That guy blows.

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      November 2, 2011 10:13 AM

      Is this going to be another "I'm a good guy in the cutscenes, but the dude playing me just ran over 20 people, fucked some hookers, and killed 10 cops"?

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        November 2, 2011 10:18 AM

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          November 2, 2011 10:23 AM

          they should call the game "Hey I'm going to borrow your car I'll be right back"

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          November 3, 2011 5:30 AM

          Actually being a good guy is tougher. I mean, in such environment.

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        November 2, 2011 10:20 AM

        LA Noire has the same silliness. I wish more games were like Saints Row where your character running around and murdering thousands of people with crazy weapons is supported by the story.

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        November 2, 2011 10:24 AM

        It just needs to be like this then

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieSzsh4hJWI

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        November 2, 2011 1:03 PM

        I played Deus Ex Human Revolution like that. My boss sent me to "investigate" the police station. On my first play through I convinced the cop at the desk to just let me in. On my 2nd play through I murdered every living soul in that precinct. And everybody outside too. I saw a newspaper later in the game that alluded to my rampage but no one else in the game seemed to care about what I had done.

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      November 2, 2011 10:17 AM

      It looked like that was Claude from GTA3

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        November 2, 2011 10:20 AM

        I don't think it was Tommy since why would you move from Vice City to LA for better weather?

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      November 2, 2011 10:18 AM

      Like every other GTA, I will buy it when its 7.50 on steam, go around and rape/murder/rob people for an hour, and then never touch it again. I really wish I could get into these games because the manic murder sprees are so fun. I just find the campaigns unbearable, and the storylines irritating at best.

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        November 2, 2011 10:25 AM

        Do you rape/murder/rob in that order or do you sometimes change the order?

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          November 2, 2011 10:29 AM

          the rape usually comes before the murder depending on the amount of resistance, the robbery almost always comes last, because after all that effort why not take a little reward for yourself amirite??

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        November 2, 2011 10:36 AM

        Sources say that rape is now dedicated to it's button in this one. About time.

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      November 2, 2011 10:18 AM

      It left me cold. :\

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      November 2, 2011 10:33 AM

      meh. i bet you it's less than 6GB, too. GG consoles.

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      November 2, 2011 10:39 AM

      Looks ok.. hope it is fun like Gay Tony and not mundane like vanilla 4.

      Anyway I have seen GTA4 mods look better than this.

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      November 2, 2011 10:44 AM

      Lol not a very good response from you guys. I think it looks ok, graphics are improved more than I expected and I'm sure they got the message on how boring 4 was. I'm looking forward to it but if they make PC wait for ages again, my excitement will be long dead.

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      November 2, 2011 10:45 AM

      I'm bored of the American setting. Let's get some GTA London or GTA Mumbai.

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      November 2, 2011 10:47 AM

      Please don't force the player to have to answer the cellphone every 2 minutes.

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      November 2, 2011 10:48 AM

      In other news...

      Saints Row Three is out in less than TWO WEEKS!!

      yay!

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      November 2, 2011 11:01 AM

      Fuck y'all.

      More story I say.

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      November 2, 2011 11:01 AM

      Awesome. I hope it's out soon. :D

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      November 2, 2011 11:01 AM

      "Gimme them ducats!"

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      November 2, 2011 12:06 PM

      Sorry Xav and Andrea, no female protagonist this time. Would have been cool. Still excited though! Can't wait to bump into CJ as some big-ass crimelord, do some jobs for him, and then bump him off. :)

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      November 2, 2011 12:10 PM

      I can understand why people might be disappointed based on how GTA 4 played out. I finished 4 and didn't really love it (I did love the two expansion packs). It kind of felt like the sacrificed some fun for realism. But I saw some stuff in this trailer that looks like a mix of San Andreas (wilderness and jets) and GTA 4 with GTA 4/RDR graphics, which sounds like a good mix to me. So count me as excited based on this trailer.

      Also, I don't get why people are down so on these graphics. Yes, I understand that there are better graphics in other games, both on console and PC (especially PC). And I also agree that consoles are getting a little long in the tooth. But I thought the lighting and over all atmosphere the game shows in this trailer looks great. For my money, I don't need every little detail to be spectacular as long as they get the big picture right.

      Like in RDR for example, when you skinned an animal and you could see a bush close to the camera with it's blurry, shitty texture. Did it bother me that the bush looked like crap close up? No, because when you were riding your horse or walking around, the landscape with it's lighting and atmosphere looked amazing. The term gestalt comes to mind when thinking of these graphics, and as long as they get the "whole" right I can over look some of the pieces being a bit ugly.

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      November 2, 2011 12:13 PM

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      November 2, 2011 12:16 PM

      I hope the main character is Tommy Vercetti. It seems fitting since October 2012 is the tenth anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

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        November 2, 2011 1:46 PM

        10th anniversary for Vice City irl, but in game it's been over 25 years since the events of VC. Tommy would be pretty old and slow by now.

        Also, is anyone else annoyed by the GTAs where the protagonist is a bad guy who decides he wants to go clean, but gets dragged back in anyway? My favorite GTA was Vice City, simply because you start out as a criminal, and at no point do you go, "Hmm, I want to give up this life and be good." No, you work your way to the top, killing and scheming the whole way. The only moral of the story is "Do unto others before they do unto you." I felt like GTA lost something in the story when SA came out... and it didn't improve with 4.

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      November 2, 2011 12:17 PM

      Bought

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      November 2, 2011 1:46 PM

      As long as you don't get phone calls all the damn time, it will be good.

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      November 2, 2011 2:01 PM

      Looks excellent. I'm especially impressed with the amount of people on the streets and how natural they look and move.

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      November 2, 2011 2:09 PM

      At 0:54 - 0:55 there is a bike. ARE THE BIKES BACK?!?!

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        November 3, 2011 5:19 AM

        Would be a terrible mistake to bring back Los Santos without bikes! I say: of course!!

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      November 2, 2011 3:10 PM

      I am looking forward to this. Looks good and I don't see what all the whining is about.

      Hard to tell too much from a teaser trailer, so it all could fall apart, but I enjoyed 4 a shit ton and loved 3 and VC. Couldn't get into SA, but that's fine.

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        November 2, 2011 6:16 PM

        All the better for you, I guess. Since you didn't play San Andreas, maybe it'll be a completely new experience for you.

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      November 2, 2011 3:10 PM

      hopefully it will be closer to Ballad of Gay Tony than GTA IV :)

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      November 2, 2011 3:15 PM

      Wow, they really captured L.A. with that trailer. There were a ton of areas I recognized from the city! Should be fun!

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      November 2, 2011 3:17 PM

      Nice. Makes me want to play San Andreas. Will buy.
      Maybe it will be out before Christmas.

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        November 2, 2011 3:35 PM

        Christmas 2012 maybe, not a chance in hell we'll see this this year.

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      November 2, 2011 3:29 PM

      Oh yes! I love San Andreas...I want to move there!

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      November 2, 2011 4:05 PM

      welp, there's another $60, Rockstar.

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      November 2, 2011 4:06 PM

      Im personally excited to return to Los Santos and the San Andreas world.

      I think it will be intriguing because it seems like you start on top of the food chain, already a made man but get suckered back in to your past criminal life because the economy goes to shit and all your investments get depleted...maybe thats just me making up the story...

      then again, this could be only 1 of a few stories this game tells.

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      November 2, 2011 4:49 PM

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        November 2, 2011 6:27 PM

        they seem dead set on doing american cities so really they should just do chicago already

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        November 2, 2011 8:22 PM

        I don't mind going back to the 'same old' cities since they're getting revitalized in a new engine.

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      November 2, 2011 6:06 PM

      *YAWN*

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      November 2, 2011 6:37 PM

      If the controls are decent, I'm looking forward to it.

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      November 2, 2011 6:54 PM

      the cars look a lot nicer

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      November 2, 2011 7:20 PM

      jets and helicopters and buying property! omg best golf simulator ever!!!

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      November 2, 2011 7:23 PM

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        November 3, 2011 5:28 AM

        Also thanks to what they learn in animal motion on RDR :P

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      November 2, 2011 7:24 PM

      Why are people hating on the PC version when one isn't even anounced?

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      November 2, 2011 7:32 PM

      GTA 55?

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      November 2, 2011 7:35 PM

      I hope the main character is Donald Love and this is the explanation for his disappearance in GTA3.

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      November 2, 2011 7:45 PM

      best lighting i've ever seen in a game.

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        November 3, 2011 1:11 AM

        yeah they've really fixed those shadows from IV

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      November 2, 2011 9:33 PM

      I thought, like, Rio would be cool.

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        November 2, 2011 9:34 PM

        Oh, I guess they did one. Then GTA: Vatican City

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      November 2, 2011 9:33 PM

      Awesome awesome awesome

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        November 2, 2011 10:56 PM

        Hey dude did you ever see Drive? Been curious to know what you made of it.

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          November 2, 2011 11:21 PM

          I liked it! A bit like Heat/Collateral/The Terminator in that it made fantastic use of LA. I hope GTA5 does it in this way too instead of the 90s gangsta rap style from GTA:SA

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            November 2, 2011 11:40 PM

            It's been a long time since a movie really surprised me, but this movie really surprised me. The inaccurately-toned trailer probably had a lot to do with it, but even without that I think I would still have been swept up into it's awesomely sparse, pseudo-noir 80's homage world. Easily one of my favorite movies of the year. If GTAV does follow the "Mann" style, it might be the first GTA I actually play (yes, I've never played one).

            I still have to see Contagion, hopefully it will be coming to the 2nd-run theater near me soon so I don't have to wait for the DVD release.

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            November 3, 2011 12:01 AM

            I'm almost certain this will be completely contemporary. Just the vibe of the trailer alone. I think they'll further explore the way they did with the expansions the declining economy and the death of the american dream. FUN SHIT

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              November 3, 2011 9:55 AM

              I got more of a 70's-buddy-cop-movie-set-in-2009 feel out of the style, music and commentary.

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      November 2, 2011 9:34 PM

      I'm excited to go back to San Andreas. Also the music in the trailer is pretty awesome.

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      November 2, 2011 10:21 PM

      This game will rule.

      Even though Saints Row series is fun I prefer the gritty action of GTA IV. Shotgun shots to the face, etc. I imagine it will be even better in V. I do hope they make it more of an enjoyable experience, more like TBOGT / SA than GTA IV.

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      November 2, 2011 11:00 PM

      mini games detected:

      golf
      hiking
      tai chi
      bug spraying
      fruit picking

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      November 2, 2011 11:42 PM

      Looking forward to it. People are complaining that it's LA, but I like that setting.

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      November 2, 2011 11:50 PM

      FUCK. YES. San Andreas had the best game play of all the GTA games. I'm hoping they include all of what was great in SA into this one.

      Personally, I'm hoping for the three cities again, and jumpjets.

      In any case, it'll be interesting to see this new take on my home town. :)

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